To the college girl who misses home:
Or anyone who is far away, for that matter.
Sometimes, Jesus asks us to do hard things. Like moving out of state for college. Or just, moving away.
It’s hard. And yes, Jesus asked us to do it. But friends, that doesn’t make it any easier.
It’s hard moving away from home.
It’s hard moving to someplace totally new.
It’s hard adjusting to the new culture.
It’s scary. It’s intimidating. It makes me anxious. It’s overwhelming.
And at first, maybe it’s super exciting. Maybe the first semester, or first year, things just kind of flew by. The adrenaline maybe took over, and it was fun and you barely even thought of home.
But maybe now reality is setting in. The reality that this is now your home. For the next few years. That’s not a short amount of time.
And maybe, you look around. You look at the city you’re in. You look at the events around. You look at the people surrounding you. You look at your schedule, your routine. You look at your life.
And you realize, this is life. This is your new life.
And maybe, you start to miss home.
You start to miss your family. Your friends. Your best friends. Your community back home. Your favorite coffee shops. Your get-aways. Your routine at home. Just… life at home.
This was me. Yesterday, to be exact.
My first semester flew by, and I barely yearned to be back home. Everything was so new and exciting, and my days were filled with adventuring and exploring this new city, meeting new people, and just creating this new life.
But now, reality has set in. And it makes me anxious…. Because this is it. This is my life now.
So I prayed.
I said, “Jesus. I miss my home. I my friends. I miss my community. I miss my family. I just miss everything. And I just give it all to you.”
And this is what my sweet Jesus taught me:
Friends, it’s okay to miss things. It’s okay to miss home, and your friends, and your family, and your favorite coffee shops and restaurants back home. It’s okay.
I think it shows that we care. I think it shows we love. I think it shows we were engaged, we were intentional, that we were there.
But friends, don’t hold on to it.
Don’t cling to it.
Hold onto Jesus. Cling to Jesus.
After all, even the place we call our, “home” really isn’t our home.
I know, that kind of stings. Because we have so much of our heart there.
But, Heaven is our home. Where Jesus is, is our home. We are simply walking home, right now.
Friends, don’t hold on to those things. Lay those feelings, those emotions, those things in the scarred hands of Jesus.
And then throw your empty hands up to Him.
For it was Him who called you here.
It was Him who led you here.
You said yes. I am so proud of you.
Jesus is so proud of you. He is well pleased with your “yes.”
He is going to make something so beautiful out of your surrendered life.
He is going to make something so beautiful with your “yes.”
He is going to make something SO beautiful out of you.
Sisters, there’s such a bigger picture. Seriously. The “here and now” isn’t it. Don’t get too caught up in it.
Jesus is preparing you for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus is making you more like Him.
Sometimes, it’s overwhelming and confusing and lonely and uncomfortable.
But we are here to fall in love with Jesus.
And if we get to know Him better through the season of uncertainty, the seasons of going, the seasons of Him calling us out of our comfort zone… then so be it. Then amen.
Look at Jesus. Lock eyes with him. Give him your hand to hold.
And say, “I’ll follow you until I’m home.”
It’s going to be a journey. It’s going to be an adventure. It’s going to a wild, crazy ride.
But friends, you’re on your way home. You are on your way to the very Kingdom of Heaven.
Set your sights on that.
This “here and now” is a part of that journey.
Being completely surrendered to Jesus is powerful. Saying “yes,” and going is the most beautifully painful feeling ever.
It hurts so good.
It is a deep, searing pain that His grace balms.
It’s a deep, deep cut but His love fills it.
It’s a painful sacrifice. It’s a beautiful sacrifice.
But He is so well pleased with it.
Your life is being poured out like a drink offering, sweet smelling to your Father.
So keep it up, sister.
Keep saying, “yes.”
Keep going. And not even necessarily further. Just keep going deeper.
Keep holding the hand of your Beloved Savior.. and let Him lead you home. Through the valleys, over the mountains, in all seasons…. Keep holding His hand alone.
Sister, I am so proud of you.
You are doing well.
You are killin’ it.
Jesus thinks so, too.
With much, much love. And a lot of trust. –Melissa
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